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The Greek Cats of Santorini

A cat asleep under a fishing boat at Amoudi

Santorini is home to many cats - wherever you go on the island, you'll see them sitting in the sun

Most shops and bars seem to have at least one cat or a dog somewhere on the premises. The restaurant cats are particularly friendly when the fish course is being served!

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Cat on wall
Caldera Cat
Cat on Santorini
Alley Cat
Cats on window
Cat in Shop
Cat in shop
Cat on Books
Cat looking peeved
Ginger cat asleep
Feral Kittens cat asleep on cliffs

Greek Cats

Greece and the Greek Islands generally have many stray, abandoned and feral cats. However, Santorini does not seem to have so many stray animals.

Most of the cats you see around the island are well-cared for pets, often belonging to the shop or restaurant owner. There are several busy veterinary practices on the island and generally the cats here appear to be well loved and appreciated.

Sadly, there are still feral cats on the island as in the rest of Greece, that unfortunately rely on being fed by the summer visitors and locals so if you're a cat lover, pop into the supermarket and buy them a couple of sachets of cat food. Or get some dried munchies and carry them around with you in a plastic bag so you can make instant feline friends.

There are several charities that help with daily feeding, neutering and re-homing the colonies of stray cats throughout Greece and the Greek islands.

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Santorini Dogs

In Santorini you'll also spot plenty of dogs lying around in the sun. There don't seem to be many strays, they are mainly well-cared for pets.

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dog in designer clothes dog asleep dog asleep in sun
sleeping dog Asleep in the shade busy dog on steps


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